Interview: Robin Williams On His TV Comeback And Embracing Sobriety

It’s been decades since Mork & Mindy left the air, but it’s an older, wiser and substance-free Robin Williams who’ll soon be seen making his TV comeback alongside former Buffy star Sarah Michelle Gellar in The Crazy Ones, a much-anticipated new CBS sitcom from producer David E. Kelley (Boston Legal).

In the upcoming issue of Parade magazine, Williams discussed returning to the small screen, on relapsing after 20 years of sobriety and how his family intervened and sent him to rehab.

In The Crazy Ones, Williams plays a mercurial ad exec who works alongside his more-conservative daughter (Gellar) and he says working with Gellar has been “a blast…and the idea of a father-daughter relationship — since I have a daughter, I’ve done the research on that.”;

As for his decision to return to television 31 years after his last series (Mork & Mindy), Williams points out that “The idea of having a steady job is appealing. I have two [other] choices: go on the road doing stand-up, or do small, independent movies working almost for scale [minimum union pay].”;

In the interview, Williams also discusses falling off the wagon while filming The Big White, after two decades of sobriety. “One day I walked into a store and saw a little bottle of Jack Daniel’s,”; he confesses. “And then that voice — I call it the “lower power’ — goes, ‘Hey. Just a taste. Just one.’ I drank it, and there was that brief moment of ‘Oh, I’m OK!’ But it escalated so quickly. Within a week, I was buying so many bottles I sounded like a wind chime walking down the street. I knew it was really bad one Thanksgiving when I was so drunk they had to take me upstairs.”;

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